First Secretary, Director, Science & Innovation LatAm Hub, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Dr Julia Knights is currently the FCO’s Director of Science & Innovation for the LatAm Hub (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) based at the British Embassy in Brasilia. Previously, Julia was Head of Science & Innovation for Russia setting up the UK Russia Year of Space & leading a large global partnership project on harnessing world class science in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia & Azerbaijan.
Previously, Julia fostered UK partnerships on stem cells & synchrotron science as the Consul, Head of Science & Innovation for East China at the British Consulate in Shanghai. Julia also worked in Defra both as Senior Policy Advisor on crops for heat & electricity and as an Arable adviser on farms in East Anglia. She also worked in the French Ministry of Agriculture in Paris to investigate France's new biofuels policies to inform Whitehall. Julia holds a BSc Hons in soil science, an MSc in crop protection & a PhD in biogeochemistry.